PEDESTRIAN HIT WHILE CROSSING THE STREET – MN INJURY ATTORNEYS
Our personal injury lawyers have represented many people in Minnesota who were hit by a car while crossing the street or just walking on the side of the road. The most tragic cases happen when someone is crossing the street in the crosswalk and a car doesn’t stop because the driver wasn’t paying attention. When a pedestrian is hit by an automobile, the injuries are frequently severe. The car is such a large heavy object that any impact, even at minimal speed, comes with enough force to cause serious injury to the person who is hit. Most often these accidents are caused by driver inattention or distraction so they don’t see the person in the crosswalk. Sometimes the driver is on a cellphone or texting while driving, and sometimes the driver is just not paying attention. Distracted driving is the primary cause of the accidents our top attorneys handle.
However, in a recent Star Tribune paper, there was a prominent article pointing out that there have also been an increase in accidents caused by the person walking on the street not paying attention because of looking at a cellphone. The article mentioned that for the first time this year, the National Safety Council added cellphone-distracted walking to its data of unintentional deaths and injuries. The council found that between 2000 and 2011 more than 11,000 people were injured while walking and talking on their phones. Inattentive walkers take longer to cross the street and are more likely to ignore traffic lights or fail to look both ways.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that a driver can just run you over because you are looking at your cellphone while crossing the road. Drivers have a higher obligation to pay attention while driving and not hit people crossing an intersection or in a crosswalk. If you are hit by a car while crossing the road or walking on the side of the street, our best MN accident attorneys will work to help you recover medical bills, lost wages, and other compensation you are entitled to for your injury. At a minimum you may be entitled to No-Fault benefits.
If you are injured because you were hit by a car while crossing the street, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. An attorney can meet you to discuss your pedestrian case at our offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Edina, or St. Louis Park. Our injury lawyers also meet with people at their homes or the hospital to discuss pedestrian accident cases in St. Paul, Roseville, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Chaska, Chanhassen, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Rogers, Albert Lea, Mankato, Burnsville, Bloomington, Richfield, and other cities throughout Minnesota. Our attorneys will get the facts of your case, conduct an investigation, and make sure you are fairly and fully compensated for your injuries.